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The Seagull (Hampton)

The Seagull (Hampton)
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Author: Anton Chekhov
Translated by: Christopher Hampton
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 57
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0822223457
ISBN-13: 9780822223450
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About the Plays:

The Seagull is a full-length drama by Anton Chekhov, translated in a new version by Christopher Hampton. Famous actress Irina Arkádina is obsessed with a callous lover, dismissive of her frustrated son and suspicious of an admiring young woman. Anton Chekhov's 1895 play explores the tensions between mothers, sons, lovers, friends and servants.

Set on a country estate by a lake in 19th century Russia, the idyllic locale belies the turbulent passions of its inhabitants. When the famed but aging actress Irina Arkádina returns home with her younger lover, she finds a household overflowing with creativity, fantasies of fame, jealousy and unrequited love. The Seagull is one of the great plays about writing. It superbly captures the struggle for new forms, the frustrations and fulfilments of putting words on a page. Anton Chekhov, in his first major play, stages a vital argument about the theatre that still resonates today.

Christopher Hampton's version of this classic play premiered in 2007 at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

Cast: 8 women, 5 men

What people say:

"Christopher Hampton's sharp-witted translation is perfect…The finest and most fully involving production of Chekhov that I have ever known." — The New York Times

"How thrilling, finally, to have a version of The Seagull that understands why we cherish Anton Chekhov." — New York Newsday

About the Playwright:

Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian physician, dramaturge and writer. The author of hundreds of short stories and several plays, he is regarded by many as both the greatest Russian storyteller and the father of modern drama.

Christopher Hampton won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Dangerous Liaisons, which he adapted from his own stage play (itself an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses). His theater work includes the stage adaptation of Sunset Boulevard for Andrew Lloyd Webber, which received Tony Awards for both Book and Lyrics. Hampton's screenwriting credits include A Doll's House, The Good Father, Total Eclipse, and The Quiet American. He has directed and adapted three films: Carrington, The Secret Agent, and Imagining Argentina.

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